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Unread postby graham » Wed Feb 23, 2005 3:28 pm

hey - eskimocounsellor: i love your style. Keep on in there. I totally agree with you re Christian music: bourgeoise and sentimental, and not really engaging with the reality of life, more like an escape from it. If you can actually read the lyrics of some of the heavy metal rock bands, the words are PROFOUND: a real sense of seeing life in its true state, in the raw, without having to justify it in relation to some 'bigger' system - like great modern art: sees things as they are and shows them that way.

Reminded me of an old Jackson Browne song from one of the greatest albums EVER made, The Pretender:

SLEEPÂ’S DARK & SILENT GATE

Sometimes I lie awake at night and wonder
Where my life will lead me
Waiting to pass under sleepÂ’s dark and silent gate

I found my love too late
Running around day after day
Looking for the time to play
While my old friends slipped away

Never should have had to try so hard
To make a love work out, I guess
I donÂ’t know what love has got to do with happiness
But the times when we were happy
Were the times we never tried

Sitting down by the highway
Looking down the road
Waiting for a ride
I donÂ’t know where IÂ’ve been
Wishing I could fly away
DonÂ’t know where IÂ’m going
Wishing I could hide
Oh God this is some shape IÂ’m in
When the only thing that makes me cry
Is the kindness in my babyÂ’s eye

Sometimes I lie awake at night and wonder
Where the years have gone
They have all passed under
SleepÂ’s dark and silent gate

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Re: "Real" music

Unread postby musicmonkey » Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:03 pm

eskimocounselor wrote:This is a ministry that I can contribute to as well as benefit from. <snip> I have never related to the "Christian culture," much to my youth pastors' dismay. <snip> Ever since I used to sneak and listen to the local soft-rock radio station on my headphones, I have been more partial to secular music that contained some Christian elements. <snip> There were times that I would obsess over certain bands <snip> but they always left me with an empty feeling inside. <snip> Musically they are all outstanding bands musically, but lyrically they are devoid of meaning and some are even very negative. I have always gravitated toward bands that seemed “real” to me. CCM has very few bands that seem “real” to me. <snip> The musical staples I listen to now are influenced by my increasing desire to serve the lord <snip> but I’d rather hear what y’all have to say about them.


Hey Aaron - I relate very much to alot of where you're coming from. Growing up in a very small Canadian town with only 1 secular radio station, I was pretty clued out to popular culture. Having immigrant parents who never engaged in popular culture didn't help, or rather, maybe it did help (keep me out of it), in hindsight.

Like you, when I got into my teens, I would obsess over certain secular bands (I had never even heard of Michael W Smith or Amy Grant), but was usually drawn to Christian elements. For example, remember the band Mister Mister? They had a song, 'Kyrie' (. Then there was Sting's 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free' and one that hits close to home with me (parents escaped WWII), 'Russians' (What might save us me and you is that the Russians love their children too).

Having gone to Christian schools most of my life and never feeling accepted, I finally found acceptance in the new wave "punk" scene. The problem with being a teenager wanting to fit in, is that you have to listen to their music. And so I soon found myself immersed in "cool" but often "dark" music like Depeche Mode (domination's the name of the game in bed or in life), Siouxie & The Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, New Order (there's no sense in telling me the wisdom of a fool won't set you free... while every day my confusion grows), etc. Like you, I found that lyrically many of those songs were either devoid of meaning, negative, or coming from a place of little hope. But then there's The Cure (whenever I'm alone with you you make me feel like I am whole again) recently covered by a CCM band.

Now I don't think that "hope" has to be in every song, just look at the despair in David's psalms. Not every psalm is hopeful. I think the "fullness of life" includes both hope and despair; love and loss; and all of the emotions of life.

My musical journey always seemed to coincide with my spiritual state and along the way I became a diehard Sarah Mclachlan fan. Her elucid faith (if you can call it that) definitely helped 'carry me' (Hold on) in my wandering years of heavy pot smoking and spiritual searching although the new age "spin" often left me hungering for more. Then there was George Michael's 'Praying For Time' where God isn't coming back because he has no children left here - profound, but profoundly wrong and profoundly sad. 'Tigerlilly', the *stellar* album by Natalie Merchant became a staple in my CD collection (o promised land what a wicked ground build a dream watch it fall down) (i must be one of the wonders of God's own creation) (if I'm on my knees I'm begging now if I'm on my knees groping in the dark I'd be praying for deliverance from the night into the day but it's all gray here it's all gray to me) and Everything But The Girl's 'Amplified Heart' (the heart just sulks and whines and remains a child). Yet, as my faith grew, I craved to hear good quality music with lyrics that shared more of my changing worldview that was less 'gray'.

Enter mp3s, Napster and more and more bands with free authorized downloads in the late 1990's. I never really knew much about independent bands because they aren't played on mainstream radio. I can with all honesty say that the bands I began discovering online over the past 5 or so years have literally and profoundly been a Godsend. Some of them include CCM artists, but then I branched out beyond the Christian-owned record labels into the sea of independents who are some of the most 'real' artists around.

I hope I can not only share my "finds" with all of you, but that you each can share your "finds" with me too so that we can be edified by "real" music that cuts us in the jugular, challenges us in our faith, bursts our bubbles, makes our spirits sing from the heart, asks the hard questions, provides the True answers, keeps our minds on things that are not of this world, and propels us to integrate our tidy religion into our messy daily lives.

I look forward to getting to know you and the others here better.

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Re: What's on your playlist lately?

Unread postby Parke » Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:49 pm

veering back towards the more general topic, i've been listening to Me Without You's Brother, Sister album more lately. quality, high-energy stuff.

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Re: What's on your playlist lately?

Unread postby kimo » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:18 pm

Man after reding all the posts here ,,,you guy's listen to some weird stuff, most of it i have never heard of..I used to listen to Country music and Gospel, but about 10 yrs ago i grew tired of it all and the new stuff they do in church anymore i can't understand it nor does it carry a tune,,guess i'm just gettin old..

About 10 yrs ago i made my first trip to Hawaii and and Wow,,The Hawaiian music i think is the most beautiful music in the world to me....So,,you guessed it,,,all i listen to now is Hawaiian and Hawaiian Gospel---island style.....Those people in hawaii really know how to worship in music...I've been in church now for 62yrs and i've never seen anything like it, never been so blessed as when we were in hawaii....

My favorite is Traditional Hawaiian,,,i'm trying to learn the language,,i do like some modern contemporary hawaiian...

Well,,thats my 2 cents worth,,,i'll try to list some of the artists later,,,,,blessings and Aloha,,,Kimo

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Re: What's on your playlist lately?

Unread postby the soviet » Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:44 pm

Across the Universe Soundtrack- All My Loving http://www.myspace.com/acrosstheuniversemusic
Aloha- Brace Your Face http://www.myspace.com/aloha
Beirut- Cherborg http://www.beirutband.com/
The Black Keys- Thick Freakness http://www.theblackkeys.com/
Bob Dylan- Another Side of Bob Dylan
Deepspace 5- Unique, Just Like Everyone Else http://www.deepspace5.com/
Dustin Gamble- Bugs II http://www.myspace.com/dustingamble
George Gershwin- Prelude No. 2
Jurassic 5- Future Sound http://www.jurassic5.com/
MewithoutYou-Brother Son, Sister Moon
Led Zepplin- Best of the Early Days
Modest Mouse- The Lonesome Crowded West
Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez- Se Dice Bisonte, No Bufalo http://www.myspace.com/omaralfredorodriguezlopez
Pearl Jam- Ten
the psalters- the divine liturgy of the wretched exiles http://www.psalters.com/
Rocky Votolato- Makers
Sizzla- Praise Ye' Jah http://www.sizzla.org/
The Snake The Cross The Crown- Cotton Teeth http://www.myspace.com/snakecrosscrown
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